Locally made War of 1812-style quilts wanted for N.Y. Bicentennial event

SACKETS HARBOR, N.Y. – There is “a once-in-200-years” opportunity for quilters who would like to “take a little trip.”

“In 1814 we took a little trip…”

That is how the lyrics to “The Battle of New Orleans” begins to tell the story of a War of 1812 confrontation. Much of the war was fought along the 518-mile-long freshwater shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Foundation is inviting Louisiana quilters and historic reenactors to make quilts with War of 1812-era colors and patterns for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial Quilt Show and Challenge.

The March 17-18, 2012 event will take place at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in the War of 1812 heritage community of Sackets Harbor, N.Y.

Organizers are reaching out to history enthusiasts and re-enactors, children and people of all ages across the U.S., but especially in states impacted by the War, and internationally to enter a quilt and attend the commemorative event. As of late August 2011, nearly 200 individuals and groups from three nations had registered their intention to enter.

Guidelines for making authentic-style “cot to coffin”-size quilts using a variety of fabrics, including cotton, linen, silk, wool and linsey-woolsey and patterns common to the 1812 period are online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/quilting.html.

Quilting is a popular cultural and arts heritage.

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